The Best Royal Baby Names for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
It’s official: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting a girl. Their Feb. 14 baby announcement happened on the same day that Princess Diana announced she was pregnant with Harry exactly 37 years ago. Then, they revealed the baby's gender in an interview with Oprah on March 7.
That means baby Archie will be a big brother, so cue the royal baby name predictions! Even though the couple stepped down from their roles as senior royals, it's still likely they'll follow royal protocol when it comes to naming baby No. 2. That means the baby won't share the same name of any immediate family members. So, you can rule out Archie, Charlotte, George and Louis. Same goes for William, Catherine, Harry and Meghan.
But there are still a lot of options from which they can choose. Check out these classic royal baby names fit for any princess.
The name Caroline in the royal family dates back to the early 1700s. Princess Caroline of Great Britain was the fourth child and third daughter of King George II of Great Britain and his wife Caroline of Ansbach. It’s equally about as American as it gets for anyone who likes Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” and enjoys shouting the “good times never seemed so good” lyrics while closing down a bar. Why is it always the last song of the night?
In the U.S., 2017 was the name’s best year yet in recent years, ranking No. 55 on the U.S. Social Security Administration's list of registered baby names. In England, it was in the top 20 in the 1950s and '60s, but it’s been on the decline since the early 1990s, according to the country’s Office for National Statistics.
So, it could very well be making a major comeback. Other versions we love include Carolina and Coraline.
Another distant cousin of Prince Harry’s, Lady Amelia Windsor, carries this popular name. An English fashion model, the 23-year-old is considered to be one of the most beautiful members of the royal family currently.
This name has only continued to grow in popularity, with 2017 being its most popular year yet in the U.S., ranked as No. 8. It’s also been in the top 10 baby girl names in England since the mid-2000s.
It doesn’t get much more regal than naming the baby after the current Queen (and, of course, her predecessor).
The name has stayed strong in the top 15 baby names for the last 20 years in the U.S. And it’s no surprise that it’s been in the top 50 in England since the early 1900s. Plus, the nicknames here are endless. Beth, Liz, Eliza, Libby, Bessie, Betty — it truly goes on and on. And the name Ella was the No. 9 name in England in 2017.
Victoria inherited the throne when she was 18 after her three elder brothers had already died, and she reigned for 63.5 years (from 1837 to 1901) — the longest of any of her predecessors. This quite fittingly became known as the Victorian era, a time for significant expansion of the British Empire as well as cultural influence throughout Europe. So, a strong name indeed.
It has continued to stay strong in the top 30 baby names for the last 20 years in the U.S. It ranked No. 19 in 2017, and can be shortened for all kinds of nicknames, including Tori, Vicky or even Ria. In England, it’s been back on the top 100 list since 2010.
Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy, is Queen Elizabeth II’s cousin. When she was born, she was sixth in line to the throne. She’s been most known for her charity programs and engagements in support of the Queen, traveling throughout the U.K. and overseas. Any royal babe carrying the same name would surely follow in this princess’ footsteps as a philanthropist.
Ranked No. 120 in 2017 on the U.S. baby name list, this name is still going strong, even though it descended from its No. 36 ranking in 2000. In England, it got knocked off the top 100 list in 2010, but could easily make a comeback. Other popular versions of the name include Alexandria, Alejandra or simply Alex.
Fun fact: This is also one of the Queen’s middle names. Her full name after all is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Mountbatten-Windsor.
Alice is a lovely name that has lots of ties to the royal family. The second daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert was named Alice, and Princess Alice of Battenburg was the great-granddaughter of Queen Victoria and the mother in-law of Queen Elizabeth II, who lived from 1885 to 1969. The most recent royal to have the name, however, was Princess Alice, Duchess of Gloucester, who was an aunt by marriage to Queen Elizabeth II and died at the age of 93 in 2004.
Last year, the name had its most popular year in the U.S., ranking at No. 70, while it currently ranks in the top 20 in England.
Emma of Normandy was a queen consort of England, Denmark and Norway between the years 985 and 1052. Daughter of Richard I, Duke of Normandy, Emma was a central figure during early 11th century English politics, making it a strong female name, especially in England.
And let’s not forget to mention that it’s also THE most popular baby girl’s name in the U.S., ranking at No. 1 in 2017, while it’s also in the top 100 in England.
Of course, Prince Harry’s mother, Diana, will always be remembered for her philanthropic efforts and tragic early death. And honoring her would be very meaningful to any future baby girl.
If a royal did so, it would likely bring the name back, which has not been in the top 100 baby names lists in either the U.S. or the U.K. for some time now. It currently ranks No. 230 in the U.S.
The late sister of Queen Elizabeth II was thought of as being a bit more fun-loving than her more reserved older sister. Hmmm, sounds like Prince Harry. She was often considered a more controversial member of the royal family, especially after getting negative publicity for her divorce in 1978.
Ranked No. 132 in the U.S. in 2017, this name has stayed in the top 200 names since 2000, while it hasn’t been in the top 100 in England since the 1960s.
In the Middle Ages, Eleanor was the name of three Queens of England as well as several royal princesses, not to mention several other notable royal figures throughout Europe from the 1100s to the 1500s.
While the name fizzled out in the royal world in the 1500s — perhaps being replaced by the similar-sounding Elizabeth — it is now the No. 17 girl’s name in England, and it’s the No. 35 name in the U.S. Nora is another version that’s even more popular in the U.S., holding the No. 28 spot.
While there is no royal Minnie (that we know of), newest generation of royals are known to support gender equality, which means they could opt to go with a name that pays homage to one of England’s most famous suffragettes. Minnie Baldock co-founded London’s first branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union.
It would also mean naming a royal baby girl after one of the most American characters of all time: Miss Minnie Mouse. While popular in history, this name has not been in either country’s top name lists for at least 50 years — so what better time than the present to bring it back?
Another famous British suffragette, Lydia Becker was also an amateur scientist, interested in biology and astronomy. But perhaps she’s most known for her journalism skills after founding and publishing the Women’s Suffrage Journal between 1870 and 1890.
This name has also been bouncing on and off the top 100 baby girl name lists in both the U.S. and England for the past decade. A new royal baby girl would surely make it a hit again though.
Mavis Tate was a politician and campaigner for women’s rights in the early 1900s. Meghan Markle echoes similar views, officially declaring herself a feminist on the British monarchy’s website.
As such, this name has the perfect combo of traditional and unique that just might make the cut for a royal baby. And doing so would really give new life to this name, which hasn’t been on England’s top 100 names list since 1950. It currently ranks No. 806 in the U.S.
Popular novelist, Alice Mona Caird (who went by Mona) is another strong female in British history, due to her controversial feminist essays in the late 19th century. She was especially known for maintaining her independence after marriage — also a priority for the newly married Meghan Markle.
The name Mona also has cultural significance from da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” painting; however, it hasn’t been a hit on either country’s top baby name list for decades.
The popularity of Olivia in both the U.S. and England makes it a strong, albeit unoriginal, contender.
It's currently ranked No. 1 for baby girl names in England and No. 2 in the U.S.
The name Hannah has lots of ties to British fame. Hanna Winbolt, another advocate for women’s suffrage, was one of the four honored in the naming of Suffragette Square, Stockport in March. And Hannah Cockroft is a popular British wheelchair racer who currently holds several world records in sprint distances in her classification. (She’s also met Queen Elizabeth II.)
It’s also popular among baby girl names, ranking in the top 60 in England and the top 35 in the U.S.
A rather unusual name choice that would pay homage to history is Cicely. Cicely Corbett Fisher was yet another British activist, who was most known for speaking out against child labor.
The name is not on either baby name list in the U.S. or England, which makes it quite unique. Plus, the alternative of Cecily is equally as pretty and interesting.
Royal Baby Boy Names (for Baby No. 3?)
Of course, when Meghan and Harry announced that they were expecting their second child, they hadn't revealed the sex of the baby yet. So, we made baby name predictions for both genders.
Read on to see our royal baby boy name predictions for baby No. 3. (or dare we say the possibility of twins?!)
Frederick is a popular name throughout the British royal family's history. Prince Harry’s second cousin, Lord Frederick Windsor is currently 48th in line to the British throne. But Frederick, Prince of Wales, who lived from 1707 until 1751 was next in line to the throne as the eldest son of King George II and Caroline of Ansbach, and was the father of King George III.
This name has always made the top 1,000 baby names list in the U.S., and it was ranked as No. 494 in 2017. In England, it was very popular at the turn of the 20th century, but left the top 100 list until making its comeback in 2005.
While this name doesn’t have much history in the British royal family (apart from the female version of Alexandra), who can forget Alexander the Great, the ancient Greek king that lived from 356 BC to 323 BC?
And the name is just as popular as ever, ranking No. 13 in the U.S. last year and ranking in the top 25 in England.
Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, is now 97. So, what better way to pay tribute to this regal figure than by naming a baby after him?
While the name is decreasing in popularity, ranked No. 425 in the U.S. in 2017, it reached No. 255 in 2000 and continues to be a strong contender in the top 1,000 list of names. In England, it hasn’t been on the top 100 list since the mid-1990s, but who’s to say it won’t be soon?
Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha was the husband (and first cousin) of Queen Victoria, and the two had nine children. While he initially felt a bit powerless next to his regal wife, he was one of the first royals to become known for supporting public causes, including educational reform and the abolition of slavery worldwide. His death at age 42 left Victoria so devastated that she wore black the remainder of her life.
The name is losing traction in popularity, falling from the No. 282 spot in 2000 to No. 430 last year in the U.S. But that doesn’t mean an Al or Albie won’t be here in the near future, especially because it’s currently in the top 60 names for boys in England.
This quite regal-sounding name dates back to Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany, who was the eighth child and youngest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The young prince suffered from haemophilia, which led to his death at age 30.
The formal name has not been in the top 1,000 baby names as of late. However, if the couple goes the nickname route, the name Leo ranked No. 61 in the U.S. in 2017, followed by other similar names, Leon at No. 245 and Leonel at No. 363. And in England, Leo has been in the top 10 for the past couple years now.
Awww, Arthur. The name dates back to the medieval days of King Arthur’s Court and the legend that the romanticized king drew a sword from an ancient stone. While the British royal family claims to be descended from him, the more recent Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, is another royal who brought great pride to the family. He was the third son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, and is most known for his military role as the Governor General of Canada, in which he played a prevalent role during World War I.
Yes, it's less likely that Meghan and Harry will choose this name for another baby since Archie is technically a nickname for Arthur, but it's so classic that we still wanted to include it on the list. It’s holding strong as the No. 244 baby name for American boys in 2017, and since 2008, it’s been on a steady incline in England, making its way into the top 20 list in recent years. Perhaps, that’s because it’s also one of the middle names given to both Prince Charles and Prince Williams.
Naming a new babe after this future king would certainly make sense. However, it is also associated with Prince Harry’s niece, Charlotte, the feminine form of the name.
It's a strong name across the board, ranking No. 49 in 2017 on the U.S. list and in the top 80 names for boys in England.
Prince John of the United Kingdom was the fifth son born to King George V and Queen Mary. His battle with epilepsy led to his death at age 13 in 1919. His illness was also kept secret from the public eye, and he was even sent away from the family to receive better care. This seclusion received criticism from the general public, with many believing it to be evidence of the royal family’s “cold” nature.
The name ranked No. 27 in the U.S. in 2017, but it has veered off the top 100 list in England since 2010.
Princess Margaret’s son was given the name David, the same name as the patron saint of Wales.
The biblical significance of David has made it a popular one for centuries, and today is no different. In the U.S., the name ranked No. 23 in 2017, and in England, it remains in the top 50.
Jack is another name that doesn’t have as much royal clout, but it was originally derived from the name John. Plus, Princess Eugenie just married a Jack, officially bringing the name into the royal mix (albeit through marriage). Because of that, it’s less likely that the couple will choose this name. It also has serious history in American culture, specifically as the name of famous authors such as Jack London and Jack Kerouac.
Plus, it’s been one of the top baby names in England for the past decade, ranking No. 5 in 2017. In the U.S., it’s been in the top 50 for the past 20 years, currently ranking No. 35.
The patron saint of Ireland, Patrick was also one of the seven names given to Edward VIII. (We would have included Edward on the list, but one of Prince Harry’s uncles currently has the name, making it a very unlikely choice for either Prince Harry and Meghan Markle or Prince William and Princess Kate.) Edward VIII was the eldest son of King George V and Queen Mary, but he famously reverted his title of king to his younger brother, George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II, so he could marry a divorcee.
This name seems to be decreasing in popularity, ranking No. 171 in the U.S. in 2017, down from No. 68 in 2000. The name also fell off the top 100 list in England around 2005.
Ernest was one of the many names given to George V. His full name was George Frederick Ernest Albert. George served in the Royal Navy before unexpectedly becoming next in line to Queen Victoria’s throne after his elder brother died in 1892. His passion for the military is similar to that of Harry’s, so it wouldn’t be surprising if Prince Harry and Meghan Markle named any future sons after him.
That said, the name Ernest is not especially popular in either the U.S. or England, although it is officially ranked in the top 1,000 American baby boy names, just barely at No. 967.
Another one of Edward VIII’s seven names, Christian is an obvious biblical name, literally meaning “follower of Christ.” However, the nickname, Chris, becomes even more approachable.
Ranked No. 52 in the U.S., the name is not currently in the top 100 list in England. However, who’s to say it won’t be soon?
While there’s not a known royal in the family’s history to be named Oliver, this name could very well make the cut for its traditional sound and crazy popularity in both England and in the U.S.
In 2017, it ranked No. 1 in England and No. 9 in the U.S.
While Oliver ranked No. 1 in England last year, the name Liam could be a strong contender because it ranked No. 1 in the U.S. in 2017. That said, it’s not as popular in England, steadily ranking closer to No. 90 in recent years.
Royal names often have heavy ties to biblical names; however, Noah is one name from the bible that hasn’t been made for king status. The Hebrew name means “rest” and “comfort,” which is very fitting for the biblical figure who was chosen to build the famous ark that survived the great flood.
Royal or not, this name has also made a serious comeback recently, ranking No. 2 on the U.S. list and No. 4 on the English list in 2017.
Similar to Noah, this biblical name was never a royal one per se, but it’s been made new again across the globe.
It currently ranks No. 10 in the U.S., after holding the No. 1 spot from 2000 to 2012. In England, Jacob currently ranks No. 6.